Found it on slashdot, the article mentioned says:
(take a moment to do the math before you read on)In the wake of rising gasoline costs there have been plenty of alternatives seen on the horizon. Including Hybrids, Biofuels, fuel cells and battery powered all electric cars. CNN has recently posted a story about a company (EEStor) that plans on offering UltraCapacitor storage products. The claim being that you charge the ultracapacitor in 5 minutes, with approximately $9 of electricity and then drive 500 miles.
An enterprising individual found the patent and posted this info:
A couple funny comments about this went something like:The patent applied
and received is US Patent: 7,033,406
Feel free to yank the patent off the USPTO web site.
Issue Date: April 25, 2006
(Hopefuly they are not 24 days late.)
Unit described in the patent:
Weight = 336 pounds
Capacitance = 31 Farads
Peak Voltage on the capacitors = 3500 V
Energy stored = 52 KwH
Size of Unit = 1 cubic foot (its in there read the fine print)
The patent also describes an energy distribution system that includes "fuel stations" that use the same capacitor storage, and charges capacitors at the fuel station during graveyard shift. (double conversion losses, but that can be argued, and there are MUCH better ways to do this)
The "ultra fast charging" as per the marketing/media blurbs are commented on in the patent, "if sufficient cooling for the charging and wire interconnect is avaialble...." so the guy writing the patent was aware of the issues with the resistive losses in the system.
The capacitince structures are a ceramic technology, using special dielectrics. A lot of content there on the chemistry and fabrication technology.
"with that much current I don't think I'd want to stand anywhere near the charging station while in a rain storm."
"Why not just have enough power in the car to get to/from the main high way and then have a cable the cars hook onto like the buses in some countries?" someone else replied, "maybe something like this?"
I think we've got a ways to go before we'll see capacitor powered cars.